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Why the intrigue over Holness' house?

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2015 | 7:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Sunday Observer newspaper has published two news reports focusing on Opposition Leader Andrew Holness' ongoing construction of his private home currently being built in Beverly Hills, St Andrew, and concomitantly stating that the newspaper was informed by Labourites that they are concerned about the said construction because it could be used by the People's National Party (PNP) in the next general election campaign.

Why didn't the Sunday Observer publish the names of those Labourites who were expressing concern about Holness' construction of that large private home? Why were those supposed JLP donors' names not quoted and published to give some level of credibility to those news report?

As far as I am concerned, the opposition leader and his wife have a constitutional right to build a private home at their choice of location anywhere in this country at any cost. Holness has been a member of parliament for the past 18 years and his dear wife is a successful real estate developer.

Are Holness' detractors within the JLP seeking to tarnish, damage and maliciously tear him down, hoping that he will resign and leave the post of opposition leader? Have JLP donors and funders really and truly expressed the view that they would like Holness to show them the source of funds for the unfolding construction of his private home in St Andrew? Is the construction of Holness' home not a private issue?

ROBERT DALLEY

Montego Bay, St James